Josh Rosen

Atlanta Falcons
Quarterback #3
Atlanta Falcons
Quarterback #3

Josh Rosen News

Shifts down depth chart

Rosen (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Rosen was active for the team's Week 17 matchup with Feleipe Franks recently activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list. However, he'll now shift back to third on the quarterback depth chart for the Falcons' final game of the regular season.

Jan 9, 2022 12:39 PM EST

Serving as backup

Rosen is active for Sunday's game against the Bills, Michael Rothstein of reports.

Analysis: Rosen had been supplanted by Feleipe Franks (coach's decision) as the backup quarterback of late for the Falcons. However, with Franks just activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, the team opted to entrust the backup quarterback role to Rosen for Week 17.

Jan 2, 2022 9:29 AM EST

Inactive Sunday

Rosen (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Panthers, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: With Rosen a healthy scratch, Feleipe Franks will be the primary backup quarterback to Matt Ryan on Sunday. Ryan has played in every game this season, but Rosen has seen occasional playing time during blowouts this year.

Dec 12, 2021 9:30 AM EST

Active for Week 1

Rosen is active for Sunday's contest against the Eagles, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: While Rosen won't see the field unless Matt Ryan suffers an injury or is forced to miss time, the fact that he's active instead of Feleipe Franks gives him the first regular-season opportunity to back up Ryan.

Sep 12, 2021 9:09 AM EST

Sticks on 53-man roster

Rosen has a spot on Atlanta's initial 53-man roster, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network repors.

Analysis: The Falcons are keeping both Rosen and undrafted rookie Feleipe Franks behind durable starter Matt Ryan. Given that Rosen has been with the team for only one week, Franks likely will be the backup quarterback for the season opener against Philadelphia on Sept. 12. It's still a decent opportunity for Rosen, the 10th overall pick from the 2018 NFL Draft.

Aug 31, 2021 9:14 AM EST

Suiting up for preseason finale

Coach Arthur Smith said Wednesday that Rosen will suit up for Sunday's exhibition finale against the Browns, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Rosen joined the Falcons just two days ago, roughly one week after he was cut by the 49ers. If Matt Ryan ends up sitting out the preseason finale, which is more than possible, Rosen and Feleipe Franks will be the Falcons' only available quarterbacks. If things play out that way, Sunday's matchup against the Browns could weigh heavily into determining which of Rosen or Franks wins the backup gig behind Ryan heading into the regular season.

Aug 25, 2021 12:27 PM EST

Joining Falcons

Rosen is signing a contract with Atlanta, Jordan Schultz of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Rosen was cut loose by the 49ers less than one week ago. He'll get his next opportunity in Atlanta after AJ McCarron went down with a torn ACL earlier in the week. Rosen's last game action dates back to 2019 with Miami, throwing for 567 yards, one touchdown and five interceptions in six contests.

Aug 23, 2021 8:32 PM EST

Goes unclaimed on waivers

Rosen cleared waivers Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Rosen was among the 49ers' first wave of roster cuts Tuesday, just days after making his debut with the team in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs. Prior to San Fran giving him a chance at the end of last season, he spent most of the 2020 campaign on the Buccaneers' practice squad and split the previous two years between Miami (2019) and Arizona (2018). The Cardinals used the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft on Rosen, but the 24-year-old already may have washed out of the NFL.

Aug 18, 2021 3:10 PM EST

Waived by 49ers

Rosen will be waived by the 49ers, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rosen inked a one-year deal with the 49ers in late December but didn't show enough in training camp to hold on to a roster spot. This seemed a likely eventuality following the team's decision to spend its third overall pick on Trey Lance in the 2021 NFL Draft. Rosen's first-round status in the 2018 NFL Draft could still entice some teams into trying to unlock more from him, but he's unlikely to land as anything more than a top backup

Aug 17, 2021 2:00 PM EST

Pens one-year deal

Rosen signed a one-year contract with the 49ers on Wednesday.

Analysis: Rosen will finish out the season with San Francisco, and it's possible the team will even thrust him into a starting role for the season finale to see what the 2018 first-round pick is capable of. Given his lack of familiarity with the team's system, Rosen will open as the backup to C.J. Beathard against the Cardinals on Sunday with Nick Mullens (elbow) and Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) both sidelined. San Francisco has a crowded quarterback room, but Rosen could compete for the backup role behind Garoppolo next season if he impresses the coaching staff in his short stint with the team to close out the 2020 season.

Dec 23, 2020 11:12 AM EST

Signs with 49ers

The 49ers signed Rosen off the Buccaneers' practice squad Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Rosen was cut by the Dolphins in September and landed on the Bucs' practice squad, and he's finally found a new home. The 49ers need depth at quarterback following news that Nick Mullens (elbow) is done for the year and Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) isn't expected to be activated from IR. In turn, Rosen will serve as C.J. Beathard's backup in Saturday's game versus the Cardinals, who selected him 10th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Dec 22, 2020 2:22 PM EST

Lands on Tampa Bay's practice squad

Rosen signed with the Buccaneers' practice squad Sunday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After going unclaimed on waivers, Rosen apparently could've signed with an active roster elsewhere, but he chose to restart his career in a good situation in Tampa Bay. With head coach Bruce Arians and legendary QB Tom Brady, Rosen stands to learn a lot as a practice-squad member with the Buccaneers, and he can be patient as he develops before seeking a new team.

Sep 6, 2020 10:50 AM EST

Goes unclaimed on waivers

Rosen wasn't claimed on waivers, thus becoming a free agent, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Rosen is a free agent for the first time since being selected 10th overall by the Cardinals in the 2018 NFL Draft. Apparently, Rosen's agents actively lobbied teams not to claim him off waivers, providing the 23-year-old an opportunity to choose where he'll get a fresh start. The quarterback has spent the last two seasons with the Cardinals and Dolphins, and although he underperformed, neither teams were ideal for his development. Rosen will seek a backup job where he can fine-tune his skills for a potential starting job in the future.

Sep 6, 2020 10:21 AM EST

Bengals not interested

The Bengals will not use their top waiver priority on Rosen, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. "That's not the direction we're headed right now," coach Zac Taylor said.

Analysis: This really shouldn't be a surprise - the Bengals just used the first overall pick on the 2020 draft on Joe Burrow, and aren't looking for another project as a potential future starting quarterback. They might however look for a third quarterback on the waiver wire just to have some depth.

Sep 5, 2020 6:03 PM EST

Released by Dolphins

The Dolphins released Rosen on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: This was a bit of a surprise since the Dolphins were apparently fielding trade calls for Rosen, but this was the inevitable conclusion if they couldn't find a proper suitor. Teams will cut their rosters to 53 players Saturday, so expect the 2018 first-round pick to find a new franchise after that.

Sep 4, 2020 5:29 PM EST

On trading block, again

Rosen could be traded within the next week, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins reportedly have fielded some inquiries, perhaps benefiting from positive updates on Rosen coming out of training camp. It's even been suggested that Rosen could start out ahead of Tua Tagovailoa for the No. 2 quarterback job, but that obviously becomes a moot point if the 2018 first-round pick is traded to his third NFL team in as many years.

Sep 3, 2020 8:44 AM EST

Shows improvement

Rosen has been "arguably the most consistent of all of three quarterbacks" in the early days of Dolphins training camp, according to ESPN's Cameron Wolfe.

Analysis: Tua Tagovailoa is the future in Miami, while Ryan Fitzpatrick is the likely Week 1 starter. Rosen is left in an odd position, without the benefit of preseason games to potentially drum up trade interest. He reportedly looks better in practice than he did at the same time last year, but his struggles during the 2019 season figure to be the larger factor for any team that's in the market for a backup quarterback.

Aug 20, 2020 8:01 AM EST

No update on potential trade/cut

Coach Brian Flores didn't say if Rosen as requested a trade or release, merely saying that the young quarterback can earn reps based on his practice performance, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: The comment about earning reps feels like empty coach-speak, considering the Dolphins have Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa in their QBs room. Common sense suggests Rosen is the odd man out, or at least No. 3 in the pecking order for practice snaps. His rookie contract is fully guaranteed, so the Dolphins won't gain anything but a roster spot if they release him.

Aug 3, 2020 7:49 AM EST

Could have future in Miami?

General manager Chris Grier said the Dolphins haven't given up on Rosen's development, Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Grier makes a reasonable point about Rosen being held back by coaching changes, including three different offensive coordinators at UCLA and three more through two seasons in the NFL. Even so, teams expect to see a basic level of competence from their players, and Rosen failed to deliver that for both the 2018 Cardinals and 2019 Dolphins. Grier may believe there's still hope for Rosen to succeed in the NFL, but that probably won't stop the GM from using an early draft pick on another quarterback. With Ryan Fitzpatrick under contract through 2020, the Dolphins should at least have some level of discussion about moving on from Rosen.

Jan 23, 2020 9:27 AM EST

Not being considered for Week 17

Coach Brian Flores said Thursday that he isn't considering playing Rosen during Sunday's season-finale against the Patriots, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Flores shot down the concept of giving Ryan Fitzpatrick the start and then handing the reigns over to Rosen, saying he intends to "stick to what we've been doing," per Cameron Wolfe of A decision to have Fitzpatrick finish the season under center wouldn't come as much of a surprise, considering the veteran's recent quality of play, though it would mean Rosen won't get another shot to prove himself in game-action during the 2019 campaign. With Fitzpatrick and Rosen both still under contract for the 2020 season, and the Dolphins a strong candidate to address the quarterback position in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft, Rosen's standing in Miami is looking murky heading into the offseason.

Dec 26, 2019 9:47 AM EST

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